Science fiction can be a difficult genre for even the most experienced of directors to bring to the big screen. By its very nature, sci-fi deals with concepts and scenarios that are highly imaginative, and therefore can often be tricky to visualise in a convincing manner. It seems ludicrous that any first time filmmaker would want to jump in at the deep end with a sci-fi flick, and even more so that the end result would be brilliant. Even Stanley Kubrick made 10 films before he attempted to tell the entire history of humanity with the sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Thankfully, there are a handful of directors who took the plunge into filmmaking with science fiction, and came out the other end with a stone cold classic. Whether they be showcases of dazzling special effects, or thoughtful examinations of some of the deepest philosophical questions life has to offer, these films somehow managed to not only be good, but revered for years to come.
So on that note, let's take a look back at some of the greatest freshman efforts that science fiction cinema has to offer.